July 2, 2014 at 7:04 PM
WARREN, NJ - Hurricane season has officially begun, and it appears that it may just put a damper on some of the Fourth of July activities planned along the East Coast. A flash flood warning has been issued for the Warren area until 11:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2.
A year after a micro-burst tornado hit Warren, tropical storm "Arthur" is meandering its way up from Florida and it is expected that the storm will combine with a cold front and already predicted rains to create some rough surf through Friday.
The National Weather Service has issued rip current warnings along New York beaches from Rockaway to Fire Island and along the Jersey shore through Thursday. Wave heights of four to seven feet, along with wind could "pose a hazard." Beachgoers are urged to enter the ocean only in areas where lifeguards are present.
Rain and thunderstorms are expected throughout the day on Thursday, July 3, and heavy rains may bring one-half to three-quarters of an inch to the area. The chance of rain is 70 percent.
The chance of rain decreases to 50 percent on the Fourth of July. According to Severe Weather NJ, "The holiday weekend is actually looking downright awesome starting Friday afternoon, with isolated thunderstorms the primary concern.”